A boat captain from Scotland who says a sonar image he took of a large underwater object is the Loch Ness monster, has won the Best Nessie Sighting of The Year Award.
Marcus Atkinson, 43, of Fort Augustus, took a cellphone picture of his sonar screen when it showed an object about 75 feet down in Loch Ness and measuring nearly 5 feet wide.
Atkinson said his equipment makes the length of the object difficult to pinpoint, but he is convinced the serpent-like shape on his sonar readout depicts the Loch Ness monster.
The picture he took of the readout won him the Best Nessie Sighting of The Year Award from bookmakers William Hill.
“I have seen a lot of pictures in 21 years of being here but this is the most clearest image yet,” Atkinson said. “Undoubtedly, there is something in the loch.”
However, Simon Boxall, from the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, England, said there is a more mundane explanation for the sonar picture.
“The picture is built up slowly as the boat moves so it’s not a snap shot and thus the image is not an image of a single object unless it is very still,” he said. “The image shows a bloom of algae and zooplankton that would exist on what would be a thermocline. Zooplankton live off this algae and reflect sound signals from echo sounders and fish finders very well.”
We have yet another story of a ‘sea monster’ body washing up on a beach.
A couple were left shocked when they discovered the rotting body of a sea monster while walking along a beach near Aberdeen, UK.
Mr Flippence, 59, who lives nearby, said: ‘We were stunned. I thought, “oh my God what is it?”
Scientists believe that the carcass is of a rotting pilot whale or perhaps killer whale. In most cases, the answer to these strange finds is almost certainly mundane.
So, do sea monsters REALLY exist?
I believe that there may certainly be large sea creatures living in the depths which we don’t know about. Remember that we have explored only a very tiny percentage of the ocean and discover new species almost daily.
I guess it all depends on what you mean by ‘monster’.
A family vacationing from Ohio says they spotted what they describe as a 30-foot long serpent like creature swimming in the water off Sand Key Park on Monday.
Was it another sighting of Normandy Nessie, the Bay area’s version of the Loch Ness Sea Monster?
Russ Sittloh, who first video taped a mysterious black 20-foot long creature in the canal behind his Madeira Beach home more than a year ago, believes it could be Normandy Nessie.
Sittloh named the creature Normandy, after the road he lives on.
Experts say what Sittloh and others have seen could be anything from a manatee to an anaconda.
Check out the pics here: WTSP
Ron Halliday has spent the last 30 years of his life trying to explain the unexplained. The author, whose books include UFO Scotland and Edinburgh After Dark, believes Scotland is now a haven of UFO activity.
In an exclusive interview with STV, Ron – a 60-year-old retired assistant registrar at Stirling University – said: “I think Scotland is like a world hot spot. All the UFO sightings. All the ghost sightings. All the monster sightings. Poltergeists.
“There is just so much that goes on in Scotland, it is absolutely incredible. It is very hard to explain why Scotland has all these reported incidents.”
Ron became interested in UFOs from a young age and started to research it seriously when he was 30. But what is it about the unexplained which interests him and millions of others around the world?
“The whole mystery of it. People claim all these strange experiences which are at odds with our everyday reality. You don’t walk down the street and expect to see an alien. The whole thing just seems completely bizarre.
Read more: STV
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